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AES Inquisition: A Behind-the-Scenes Tour of The Staples Center

(August 13, 2001)
What do Shaq, Al Gore and The Backstreet Boys have in common? A clue: It contains 2,500 tons of structural steel, 19.5 million pounds of rebar, 73,000 cubic yards of concrete, 2,950 pre-cast concrete pieces, 2.8 million square feet of drywall, 32,500 square yards of carpeting, 81,000 square feet of Terrazzo tile, 14 miles of telephone/data cable and 3.8 million feet of broadcast production cable. Not to mention 1,200 television monitors, digital TV production facilities, $2 million in lighting, a $1.5 million Bose sound system, 125,500 watts of audio amplification, 34 fixed broadcast camera positions, 79 media patch panels and 148,000 feet of fiber optic cable. And we shouldn't overlook the 20,000 seats, 23 refreshment stands, 55 restrooms, 12 dressing/locker rooms, 160 luxury suites, 13 event suites and 2,500 premier seats. Yes, it occupies 950,000 square feet on a 10-acre site and cost about $375 million.

That's right; Shaq, Al Gore and The Backstreet Boys have all headlined at the Staples Center - official home of the NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, Kings, Sparks, Avengers, and the longest kiss ever broadcast. This month, the AES Los Angeles Section will have the unique opportunity to tour this fascinating venue and experience what happens behind the scenes.

Mark the date in your calendar: Staples Center Tour, 1111 South Figueroa (corner of Figueroa and 11th Street, a block north of Pico Boulevard); Tuesday, August 28 at 8 PM. Parking will be available at Lot #2 on the corner of Georgia and 11th Street. There is also a Metro Blue Line station within a block of the venue. Enter the Center by crossing 11th Street and walking by the loading docks past the guard booth. At the end of the ramp, turn left. The Section will meet in the Chick Hearn Press Room.

MEETING DATE: Tuesday, August 28, 2001. PLACE: Staples Center, 1111 South Figueroa, Downtown Los Angeles.
TIME: The tour starts promptly at 8:00 PM. (Please note that, unlike normal meetings, there is no social gathering nor dinner.)

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